Fresh Creamed Corn

This is NOT your mama's can of creamed corn! Instead, it's Alton Brown's recipe for homemade creamed corn, full of summer-fresh corn sweetness and real corn kernels, accented with fresh rosemary or fresh lavender. This is absolutely gorgeous, a must-make recipe when summer's sweet corn is at its finest.

Fresh & Seasonal. Weight Watchers Friendly. Nothing Like Canned Creamed Corn.
Fresh Creamed Corn ♥, how to make homemade creamed corn with fresh corn just off the ear. Fresh & Seasonal. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. Nothing like canned creamed corn!

Family Talk at the Table

Families sometimes give special names to special foods and even not-so-special but favorite dishes.

  • Alphabet Names: Ask for HMO when you’d like my friend Elise to cook up hamburger with macaroni and onions.
  • Toddler Names: Ask for a poo-bah fafa in my family and you’ll get a peanut butter sandwich in my then-baby sister’s lingo.

As a kid, my personal Deluxe was mashed potatoes topped by creamed corn poured from a can, my mother’s attempt to extend leftovers with an incongruous air of haute. I loved that comfort-food combination of mashed potatoes 'n' creamed corn then. Truth be told, I still do!

Re-Discovering the Fresh Versions

As an adult, a cook and a foodie, however, I revel in re-discovering the fresh versions of vegetables today known in their less-than-fresh forms.

FRESH CREAMED CORN is n-o-t-h-i-n-g like the toothless stuff from a can. The kernels are plump and full of corn flavor. All on its own, no mashed potatoes required, Fresh Creamed Corn is a luxurious side vegetable, deluxe indeed.

Calling All Sweet Corn Lovers!

Tired of the same old corn? Find inspiration in this collection of Corn Recipes ♥, ranging from simple for every day and special for occasions.

Who loves fresh sweet corn the most? Midwesterners? Southerners? I'm not sure but put me on the list and hey, I hope you'll add your name too. At A Veggie Venture, I collect all the corn recipes from both there and Kitchen Parade, check out all the Corn Recipes!

For quick meals, I just throw fresh corn kernels into salads and vegetable hashes and really, just about anything that emerges from my kitchen during July and August.

For easy weekday dinners, it's super-easy to just throw an ear or two into the microwave, Quick Microwave Sweet Corn or if the grill's hot, then this works too, Grilled Sweet Corn. There's even a microwave version of Fresh Creamed Corn, it's Microwave Summer Cream Corn.

But here are a few more ideas for corn lovers, recipes I won't let the season pass without making at least once!


Garden luxury, straight to the table
Hand-on time: 20 minutes (mostly husking)
Time to table: 30 minutes
Makes about 4 cups (easy to halve or double or otherwise scale)
  • 8 ears fresh corn
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat or butter
  • 1/2 an onion, diced small
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (or curry powder, for color only so optional)
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal (not stone-ground)
  • Sprig of fresh rosemary or fresh lavender, optional
  • 1 cup whole milk (see TIPS)
  • Salt & especially pepper to taste

PREP THE CORN Leaving the stems on for handles, husk the corn (see TIPS). Then cut the kernels off the ears. (How? With one hand, hold an ear tip-down in center of a large bowl. With a knife, slice off swaths of corn kernels top to bottom.) When the kernels are off, "milk" the ear. (How? Use the knife’s dull edge to scrape the cob top to bottom on all sides, collecting remaining pulp and milk in the bowl (see RESOURCES).

COOK THE CORN In a large skillet, melt the bacon fat on medium til shimmery. Add the onion and cook gently til translucent (see TIPS). Add the corn and salt, cook for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring often, just until the liquid begins to cook off. Stir in the sugar, turmeric, cornmeal and rosemary or lavender. Add the milk and cook until the corn is soft, 2 – 3 minutes. Remove rosemary or lavender, then season to taste.

Serve and savor, immediately or if you like, make in advance and gently rewarm.

RESOURCES All that corn prep? To "husk" corn is to remove the outer inedible leaves and silk. Husking is a messy job, one best done on the back step or with newspaper lining the sink. I call the scraping technique "milking" the cob. It bumps up the sweet corn flavor. If step-by-step photos will help, check out How to Cut Corn Off the Cob, Keeping All Ten Fingers, Capturing Every Delicious Kernel and Every Drop of Sweet Corn "Milk".
ALANNA's TIPS The yellow cornmeal acts as a thickener but I suppose, a tablespoon of flour would work too. Unfortunately, the stone-ground cornmeal that makes the best cornbred just doesn't work, it's too coarse and grainy and isn't on the stove long enough to cook through. I've learned to keep both yellow cornmeal and stone-ground cornmeal on hand, they serve different purposes. Half & half may be substituted for milk but at least to my taste, cream is too rich. To gently cook onions until they’re translucent, without browning, is called "sweating". The leftovers reheat beautifully so don't hesitate to make a big batch. Leftover Fresh Creamed Corn will keep for several days.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Half Cup: 176 Calories; 4g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 4mg Cholesterol; 34mg Sodium; 33g Carb; 4g Fiber; 8g Sugar; 6g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 3 & PointsPlus 5 & SmartPoints 6 & Freestyle 2
Adapted from Better Than Grannie's Creamed Corn from Alton Brown where cooks describe the recipe with words like "excellent" and "divine". This recipe has been "Alanna-sized".

For Local Print Readers

This is the last Kitchen Parade column to appear in print in my local papers, as the owners tighten their belts to face a weak economy. It’s been a thrill to write for you, to hear from readers touched by the stories or inspired by the recipes, to carry on the column my mom started nearly 50 years ago.

I thank you. And I thank Dwight and Don and all the staff at the papers.

But good news – new Kitchen Parade recipes will continue to be published here online at

  • First, I've already written nearly a year's worth of new columns.
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More Recipes for Summer's Best Sweet Corn

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Fresh Corn & Tomato Salad Summer Seafood Chowder Sweet Potato Salad with Roasted Poblano, Roasted Corn & Chipotle
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from Kitchen Parade

Quick Corn in the Microwave
Grilled Corn with Chipotle Lime Browned Butter
Warm Tomato, Corn & Okra Salad
~ more corn recipes ~
from A Veggie Venture, my food blog about vegetables

More Easy Summer Vegetable Recipes

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Ratatouille Sautéed Red & Yellow Pepper Relish Shredded Zucchini with Thyme
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  1. Anonymous7/25/2008

    Once again, Alanna, you amaze me. I would never ever think to make creamed corn. The canned corn is just too awful. This looks beautiful, the color especially.

  2. Anonymous7/25/2008

    The corn looks just great. Our farmers market will have corn tomorrow.

  3. Oh, Alanna! I'm so sorry about the papers cancelling your wonderful column. I hope their readers complain loudly and profusely and they re-up your contract.

    In re the corn: cornmeal?!? Seriously?? I've never seen that ingredient in any creamed corn recipe I've had. Wouldn't it be "grainy"? Interesting...veeery interesting.

  4. Cara ~ isn't the color just so pretty?!

    Anonymous ~ timing is everything!

    Sally ~ thank you, friend. I'm broken-hearted about it, for sure. But it's also helped me think through how to expand Kitchen Parade online and of course, there's irony that so much content is moving online (not just recipes but everything) and that is one of the very pressures the papers are experiencing.

    As for the cornmeal, it acts as a slight thickener (think polenta) which further separates the consistency from canned cream corn. That said, I did test with my favorite stone-ground cornmeal and yes, it IS too grainy. So just the plain yellow cornmeal is the trick, although optional.

  5. I love creamed corn too, but definitely not the stuff in a can. :P HAS to be homemade! Great recipe!

  6. Anonymous7/28/2008

    Thanks again for the inspiration!
    I boiled up the remaining ears of our Delaware farmer's market corn before it got too old, then noticed I had all the ingredients for my mom's corn casserole. Voila-scrape the kernels off the cobs, mix with Jiffy cornmeal muffin mix, eggs, butter, a can of creamed corn, substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream and bake. Presto! Fresh tasting, used up pantry ingredients, and got side dishes for a few nights.
    I even made it this morning when it was cooler, and will nuke to reheat for dinner.

    (Yes, I realize I am commenting about a recipe I didn't even bother to make, but you INSPIRED me to update an old favorite, so thanks!)

    I think it's terrible that your column will only be online, but I'm glad you're still online!

  7. Anonymous8/20/2008

    Each week, the item in the Webster-Kirkwood Times that I looked forward to the most was your "Kitchen Parade" column. Just reading the columns was enjoyable, and I usually clipped them with the intention of preparing the recipes. And I was a little surprised when your creamed corn column started out with praise of local newspapers. I was much disappointed when I read that it was to be your last column. From this reader's point of view, management at the Times made an error in judgment.

    Fortunately, website technology means that I won't have to stop being your reader altogether. And it's ironic, too, in that the very same application of technology is contributing to the cost squeeze that you (so generously) mention as forcing newspaper management to make tough choices.

  8. Your recipe calls for 2 T yellow cornmeal - NOT STONE-GROUND. Why *not* stone-ground? Please enlighten me here...

  9. Hi Heidi ~ I don't remember specifically but when I state something so strongly, it's because it didn't work. My suspicion is that there's just not enough time for the cornmeal to cook (same thing with grits, some times) and that the texture is too coarse. I didn't used to make the distinction but once I started using stone-ground so much (and have it more usually on hand) so I've learned the hard way!

  10. I should just get a meal planner from you! Tonight we fixed the creamed corn! OMG so delicious!


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